Newark, N.J.— June 1, 2020— Maxine Bradshaw, Ph.D., MBA; M.Ed., Professor and Chair of Psychology and Counseling, and Psi Chi Advisor at Pillar College has been named to the Top 100 Leaders in Education for Education and Mental Health by the Global Forum on Education and Learning (GFEL). To receive this prestigious award, Dr. Bradshaw first had to be nominated, then went through a vigorous and competitive process that included several interviews prior to her final selection.

GFEL’s vision and mission is “Building a community of educational experts to discuss solutions of complex issues pertaining to education transmittal at a global level. To build a forum which brings together the brightest minds who are united by their passion for transforming the lives of people by means of education.”

Nominees for the Top 100 Leaders in Education were judged on five parameters:

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  • Overall Reach
  • Industry Impact
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Future Readiness
  • Market Demand

Overall Reach refers to the total number of those exposed to the nominee’s product or service. Industry Impact is used to judge the impact of services on the corresponding sector. For this category, the committee looked into the available information on public platforms, as well as information submitted as part of the nomination. Spirit of Innovation was assessed by examining how internet technologies are leading the charge by bringing new perspectives and solutions to the industries to which they are applied by individuals and organizations committed to the effort. Future Readiness considered how applicants were using technologies centered around the internet to achieve the status quo or superior results without compromising on the quality delivered. Market demand refers to demand for products or services. The judges looked into the need for a product or service at scale in the corresponding industry and linked to the use of internet-based technologies. Dr. Bradshaw’s scores were above the Cutoff Score in each category.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Bradshaw. “While this is an individual award, I share it with the entire faculty and staff at Pillar College, where on a daily basis we strive to expand the intellectual horizons for those seeking to combine their spiritual and secular pursuits. This award epitomizes the standard of excellence germane to the Pillar tradition. We look forward to inspiring and educating the new class of students this Fall.” For more information on Pillar College’s degree programs in psychology and counseling, visit

About Pillar College

Pillar College is a comprehensive institution of higher learning which provides a Christ-centered education to persons of diverse backgrounds and Christian traditions. Pillar is licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Pillar is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The College creates a climate for study and fellowship which encourages, equips and enhances scholarship, spiritual development and ministry. Pillar College has locations in Newark, Somerset, Paterson and Plainfield, New Jersey. Pillar College offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. For more information about Pillar College, visit